Joanne Villani is an Adelaide-based artist. Her perception of art has paved the way for many sold out exhibitions and awards.
She is now showing her works across Australia and many parts of Asia. She is a successful artist with over 25 years of experience. Specialising within her chosen medium of mixed media, each painting is hand painted and crafted with highly textural finishes.
For this series of Koi fishes works, it took Joanne many years to develop the technique of painting in layers between clear resin, to create a life like three dimensional image of a Koi fish swimming in water.
“I love to paint, it is in my soul, I would feel lost if I didn’t have a brush in my hand and an inspiration to transpose. But art is not just something to hang on a wall.
It’s not just someone’s emotions, vision, and expressions on a canvas to be traded as a commodity. I see art as a poet or as an author see words. They are simply the building blocks that can be skillfully crafted to make people laugh, to make people cry, to cause a riot or to change the world. Art is a language, an expression of the soul. It gives people permission to step outside the constraints of their habitual lives and release the essence of who they really are or who they really could be.”
Fish in a bowl
Nothing in China is taken for granted. Every step, every design, and decoration is carefully considered before taking form in reality. Chinese people assign meaning to everything; from how the chopsticks are left at he end of a meal, to the inclusion of fish filled water in many places. Walking around China you cannot help but notice fish are everywhere. You don’t have to go far to find some water feature included in most Chinese places, and quite often there resides a fishy friend or two in most peoples homes. This all comes down to good Feng Shui. It is believed having knowledge of the natural energies in life can bring good fortune and harmony to a person, hence the Koi fish are the symbol of good fortune, over all of Asia. As fish seem to bring good energy I decided to harness that in my art work, developing a technique of painting Koi fish in layers between clear resin, to create a life like three dimensional image of a gold fish swimming in water. This journey took many years to develop, which now brings you this collective of work. Joanne is now showing her works across Australia and many parts of Asia. She is a successful artist with over 25 years of experience. She has had quite a few sold-out exhibitions over the years, and has traveled with her art extensively.